At our baby’s 4-week check up the child health nurse asked me to describe Sybil in a few words, it sounds horrible but all I could come up with was ‘grumpy’. Those first few weeks she cried day and night, didn’t sleep longer than 30 minutes at a time and was just generally unhappy. All we could do was shower her with hugs and kisses, hold her close and keep going.
After about 8 weeks the screams slowly started to make room for smiles and now we are even enjoying some gorgeous giggles and baby laughter, it makes my heart melt. The sleeping is still a struggle, she usually only sleeps in my arms and I often wished for an extra set of mummy hands so I was over the moon when I discovered the MamaRoo by US brand 4 Moms is now available in Australia.
As soon as I had seen the MamaRoo video clip I knew it was exactly what I needed: a super clever infant seat that recreates the soothing, rocking motion of a loving mama. Designed by real mums the MamaRoo offers a range of different motions just like the ones most mums make whilst holding their baby. Going well beyond the standard motion of ordinary rockers, bouncers and swings the MamaRoo is so life-like that babies feel comforted and safe as if they were in mummy’s arms.
The 4 Moms MamaRoo is easy to assemble and you can tell straight away that the materials used are durable and of high quality. Once you have set up the frame of the seat the cover simply zips on, click in the toy bar and you’re ready. The reclining seat with 3-point safety harness is adjustable to any position making it suitable from birth. The seat cover is washable which is very practical, we all know accidents happen with little ones.
To start using the MamaRoo just turn on the power (AC/DC power adaptor is included), select the motion of your choice and press start. With five great motions to choose from your baby will never be bored in the MamaRoo. Our two favourites for bedtime are the rock-a-bye and car ride, whilst the kangaroo is always a hit for playtime. The handy LCD display shows the moving pattern of each motion and speed level (1-5) and as the screen is backlit you can even control it in a dimmed room.
Sometimes it takes a little more than movement and visual entertainment to keep your baby happy. Whether you like to cheer your baby up with traditional nursery rhymes or the tunes of your favourite band, it’s all up to you. Simply plug your portable music player into the MamaRoo base and your baby can share in your complete music library. Alternatively the MamaRoo also plays five soothing nature sounds like the sound of the ocean or white noise which are perfect to put your little one to sleep, the volume is adjustable.
Whilst we still have a long way to go with the sleeping I am extremely grateful for the improvement we have seen. When Sybil falls asleep in my arms I just place her in the MamaRoo which continues the rocking motion for me. She sleeps peacefully, oblivious to the fact she is being tricked, and I can spend time with my other children and even do some chores. For our family the MamaRoo has become unmissable and it looks great in the living room too.
If you are like me and you don’t always have an extra set of hands to hold the baby the MamaRoo is a brilliant assistant to have. It is cheaper than a nanny, always ready for duty and it is quieter than your mother-in-law, for me it has been a real sanity saver. The MamaRoo has a generous 11.3kg weight limit so it can be enjoyed much longer than most other seats around. Priced at RRP $379.95 it is a little more expensive than most other seats on the market but as it is much more than just a seat I think it is well worth the investment.
The MamaRoo is available in three different seat designs to suit your taste and decor: Black, Multi-colour and Silver.